chaperone n : one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people [syn: chaperon] v : accompany as a chaperone [syn: chaperon]
EtymologySee entry for chaperon.
- An older person who accompanies other younger people to ensure the propriety of their behaviour, often an older woman accompanying a young woman.
- A protein that assists the non-covalent folding/unfolding and the assembly/disassembly of other macromolecular structures, but does not occur in these structures when the latter are performing their normal biological functions.
- to act as a chaperone
- 2006: 'Purcell had volunteered to chaperone a delegation of female students' — The New Yorker, 17 April 2006, page 27.
Chaperone may refer to:
- Chaperone (protein), a protein that assists the non-covalent folding/unfolding in molecular biology
- Co-chaperone, a protein that assists a chaperone in protein folding and other functions
- Pharmacological chaperone, a small molecule which stabilizes the correct folding of a protein resulting in a recovery of function lost due to mutation, can be used for medical treatment
- Chaperon (headgear), a form of hood or versatile hat worn in Western Europe in the Middle Ages
- The Chaperone (Seinfeld episode), is the 87th episode of NBC sitcom, Seinfeld, first broadcast in 1994
- The Chaperone, a 1999 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants
- The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a comedy
chaperone in German: Chaperon
chaperone in French: Chaperon